Holidays in China

There are currently seven official public holidays in the mainland territory of the People’s Republic of China. In all these holidays, if the holiday lands on a weekend, the days will be reimbursed after the weekend.

Date English name Local name Remarks
January 1 New Year 元旦  
1st day of 1st lunar month Spring Festival (Chinese New Year) 春节 Based on Chinese calendar
15th day of 1st lunar month Lantern Festival 元宵节 Based on Chinese calendar
2nd day of 2nd lunar month Zhonghe Festival (Dragon Raising its Head) 中和节 Based on Chinese calendar
March 8 International Women’s Day 国际妇女节  
March 12 Arbor Day 植树节 Also known as National Tree Planting Day (全民义务植树日)
5th Solar Term (usually April 4–6) Qingming Festival (Chinese Memorial Day) 清明节 Based on the Jieqi Qingming.
May 1 Labour Day 劳动节 International Workers’ Day
May 4 Youth Day 青年节 Commemorating the May Fourth Movement
June 1 Children’s Day 六一儿童节  
5th day of 5th lunar month Dragon Boat Festival (Duanwujie) 端午节 Based on Chinese calendar
July 1 CPC Founding Day 建党节 Formation of 1st National Congress on July 1, 1921
July 11 Maritime Day 中国航海日 The anniversary of Zheng He’s first voyage
August 1 Army Day 建军节 Nanchang Uprising (南昌起义) on August 1, 1927
7th day of 7th lunar month Double Seven Festival 七夕 The Chinese Valentine’s Day, based on Chinese calendar
15th day of 7th lunar month Spirit Festival (Ghost Festival) 中元节 Based on Chinese calendar
15th day of 8th lunar month Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) 中秋节 Based on Chinese calendar
October 1 National Day 国庆节 Founding of PRC on October 1, 1949
9th day of 9th lunar month Chongyang Festival 重阳节 Based on Chinese calendar. Observed as the Chinese version of Valentine.

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